Conference Papers  |  ,   |  February 10, 2017

A Value Driven Agent: Instantiation of a Case-Supported Principle-Based Behavior Paradigm

Conference paper by Michael Anderson, Susan Leigh Anderson and Vincent Berenz.
Presented at the AAAI 2017 Workshop on AI, Ethics, and Society.


We have implemented a simulation of a robot functioning in the domain of eldercare whose behavior is completely determined by an ethical principle. Using a subset of the perceptions and duties that will be required of such a robot, this simulation demonstrates selection of ethically preferable actions in real time using a case-supported principle-based paradigm.

We believe that this work could serve as the basis for ensuring that the behavior of all eldercare robots that are created in the future will be ethically justifiable. Further, we believe that the methods used in this project can be employed in other domains as well, to ensure that the robots that humans interact with in these domains will behave ethically.